How to Organize All the Activities?!
I got a binder, placed the lesson plans in it and then will get pockets to place the materials behind the lesson plans. You can grab the cover here. 

What Do the Lesson Plans Look Like?

The activities should be 5-15 minutes. So the beginning of the week is very basic. The book listed, the song and on Thursday we review it. Wednesday and Friday we made activity days because we have an extra set of hands in our classroom that day. 

You can find my lesson plans here. 

If you are interested in these activities I have created them here. 

Core Word Activities for:
 I, like, not, want

What Do It Do? Book Directions: Print book on cardstock and laminate. Bind together. Read to students and have students use their core board to point to I as you read. While reading you can point to the core board too.

•Do You Like It? Cards- print on cardstock and laminate. Cut apart. Have students point to I like or I don’t(not) like

• That’s Not My Book Directions: print book on cardstock and laminate. Have students point to not on their board as you read the book. While reading you point to the core board too.

Books: Pete the Cat I Love My White Shoes, Going on a Bear Hunt, If You Give a Mouse a Cookie
Songs: Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood: Wants to Ride a Trolley, You Can't Always Get What You Want, I Like to Be with My Family

There are a variety of these food songs you can try with your kiddos!

I will let you know how this goes with my kiddos next week! 

Here are some of my favorite items from the Dollar Store and the different uses you can do. 
I love the big colorful tubs! They are great for storing student's favorite items. 

I love their baskets. These are great for putting in scissors or materials that student's may be using. 

I love these storage tubs for the same reason. Great to put manipulatives in or items that are going to be needed for a craft. 

They also have these leaves which I put the letters on and students rake up a letter. (rake also found there). 

I found these fun eyeball balls and pumpkin ice cube trays. You can put letters or numbers on them for ABC order, one to one correspondence, number order, and/ or counting out up to 10. 

I found these cards that say same or different. I marked what activity I wanted my kiddos to do by showing same (two blue ovals) or different (at the bottom one diamond, one oval) and students will clip which ever is designated on the card. 

What are some of your favorite dollar store finds?!

1. Well, all of our IEPs are done and went well! :)  Next week we are starting school! 
2. I loved Differentiated Kindergarten's fine motor tub idea and made my own. We will be using ours a little differently. Parents will have to request to take it home. We have had problems about items not being returned or damaged in the past and so this way if they are requesting it then I know the parents really want to do the activities with their kiddos and should complete them with their child. 
3. Last weekend we finally got to the Legoland and Sea Life Aquarium by us. The kids loved it! 

4. I finally got around to organizing my freezer which was driving me crazy! I got the tubs from Target thanks to the idea from iheartorganizing!

5.  Have a great weekend!

I just discovered Mrs. Plemons' Kindergarten Tot School Tuesday and for my little two years olds entering this year there are LOTS of great ideas and activities for them to do!

 I also LOVE this sorting pom pom activity. I have many of these items all ready! This is from The Resourceful Mama.
Fine Motor Color Matching Apple Sensory Bin:

I also love this DIY light table. I made one awhile back, but I think the light Teach.Love.Autism uses in this one will be even better!

diy light table:

Check out more great ideas at The Inspired Owl!

Last year I started using story boards with my kiddos and I LOVE them! I use them with many of the stories we read throughout the year. About 50% of my students are nonverbal or have very little language, but their comprehension is great! So how do I know if the kiddos really do understand what I am asking about?! I use story boards. 
Pictures that show what is happening throughout the story. 
As you read the story to your students, your students can point to the pictures as that event or person or thing is introduced. Then, during or at the end of the story you can ask questions and students will point to the answer. This can also help students retell the story by pointing to the events in the order that they occur. It is a great way to assess your student's comprehension of the book in a short and quick way. I place the story boards in the pockets below to be reused yearly. There are color and black and white story boards. You can also send the black and white copy home for parents to use with their child. 

1. Keeps students attention.
2. Quick and easy way to assess students' comprehension.
3. Great for students that are nonverbal or have limited comprehension.
4. increases student's vocabulary. 

You can grab this story board freebie for Pumpkin, Pumpkin here.

In my classroom we write with some structure once to twice a week and throughout the week without direct instruction.
My students have writing folders. In their writing folders sometimes I model what I want them to draw and then they attempt something similar. Other times I provide the students with a topic and they draw something related to that topic. Sometimes the students also get the opportunity to draw whatever they like. At table time writing materials are available for the students to also write if they choose. During dramatic play I try include writing opportunities as well (during the post office center writing letters and placing them in envelopes and mailing a letter, writing out prescriptions and taking notes about the child while at the 'doctor office'). 

Teaches students how to express and communicate their thoughts and ideas on paper. Allows them to be creative and use their imagination. Allows students a way to retell a story or event through pictures and writing. Also, writing increases their language and fine motor skills. 

crayons (broken)
pip squeak markers
variety of paper
colored pencils
dry erase boards 
dry erase markers

The teacher's role is to get the students verbally expressing and explaining what they are drawing. It is also about at times modeling how to draw things and to form their ideas on paper, while also giving them the freedom to create what they want. 

Head on over to Preschool Wonders to find more great ideas!

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